Loreto Duffy-Mayers, Director of Environmental Programs for Almond Resorts in Barbados, has been elected Vice-Chair of the Governing Council of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST).
Loreto was born in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Barbados in 1985. She was educated
at University College Dublin where she completed a degree in Economics, Geography
and Maths and a higher Diploma in Education. She also pursued a Diploma in Marketing
at the UK Institute of Marketing. She first became involved in the environmental
arena in Barbados in 1994 while working for Women in Development - an agency
responsible for assisting women to set up their own businesses.
She held the position of Environmental Manager in two Green Globe 21 certified
hotels - Coconut Court and the Casuarina Beach Club - prior to her recent
appointment as Director of Environmental Programs at Almond Resorts. While she was
at Coconut Court, the hotel achieved Green Globe 21 certification and won the 2002
CHA/AMEX Green Hotel of the Year Award.
Since her move to the Casuarina Beach Club, the hotel won several Global awards
including the 2004 World Legacy Award sponsored by National Geographic Traveler
Magazine and Conservation International, the 2004 Responsibletravel.com award at WTM
in London, and most recently, the 2005 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow award in Delhi,
Loreto joined Almond Resorts in June 2005 as Director of Environmental Programs
following their acquisition of the Casuarina Beach Club.